KIMBERLY — [Note: This version changes the date of the council's meet-and-greet session, which was moved to a later date after Tuesday's council session.]
With the coming Warrior Dash event at The Hitchin’ Post on Oct. 6, the Kimberly City Council took a few measures in preparation in their regular meeting Tuesday night.
One of them was to raise the fine for violating no-parking zones.
The council unanimously amended its parking ordinance, not so much to raise additional revenue but as a preventative measure. The previous fine was $10.
“We’re not wanting to make money from fines — we want to keep people from parking [where they shouldn’t],” Councilman Brad Stark said.
“If we don;t raise the fine amount, people will figure that it’s cheaper to park illegally somewhere than to pay the $20 for the regular parking,” Mayor Bob Ellerbrock said.
There will be no on-site parking at The Hitchin’ Post for competitors or spectators, and no parking will be allowed along city streets or in private parking lots, unless it’s allowed by property owners. That’s mainly to keep a clear path on Bill Jones Road for shuttle buses going to and from the Warrior Dash.
Parking lots will be available at North Jefferson Middle School and Kimberly Ball Park for $20 per car. Mortimer Jordan High School had been named as a parking site, but Hitchin’ Post owner Ramona Harris said that deal had hit a snag due to a conflict with a group at the school.
She said that Red Frog Events, the Warrior Dash organizers, are trying to secure additional parking at sites such as Bryan Elementary; Ellerbrock also mentioned the possibility of the former IGA Supermarket on U.S. 31.
Ellerbrock also asked City Clerk Sandy Waid to look into prices for temporary no-parking signs, which would be posted along city streets and in subdivisions near the site. He also mentioned that Bryan had canceled its annual fall festival because it would conflict with the Warrior Dash.
In other business:
• Ellerbrock announced that the incoming council will hold a “meet-and-greet” on Nov. 9 at the Senior Center. The reception will also include newly-elected officeholders from Warrior and Morris.
• The council approved the renewal of a business license for TP Miller’s Bar and Grill, and granted owner Patty Miller’s request that the council give a favorable recommendation to the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for renewal of their liquor license.
• The council authorized a spending allowance for Waid for sundry items needed by the city, which would not require approval of the council. Waid is allowed to spend up to $100 per transaction, with a cap of $1,000 a week.
• The council approved a donation of $141.76 to ClasTran to help defray costs the organization incurs in transporting residents to medical visits and the like. ClasTran has had much of its funding cut by Jefferson County in the wake of the county’s bankruptcy proceedings, and is asking municipal governments to help fill in some of the losses.
• An ordinance to annex property at 1013 Dalton Drive belonging to Terry and Kimberly Page was approved, as was another ordinance to change the property’s zoning from I-3 Mining and Manufacturing to R-2 Residential.
• The council okayed the hiring of Bradley Scott as a part-time police officer. Scott serves in the same capacity with Warrior.